Denver’s immigration proposal ‘step in right direction’

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DENVER-- A new proposal stops Denver city employees from releasing immigration information.

The proposal affects the more than 50,000 undocumented immigrants living in Denver, including students.

“I have a lot of students that have siblings or parents that align themselves with my current immigration status," seventh-grade reading teacher Paul Yumbla said.

Yumbla is a teacher and a deferred action for childhood arrivals recipient. That means he's an undocumented immigrant who has received administrated relief from deportation.

It also gives him the opportunity to work.

Yumbla said at a time when there's so much tension within the immigrant community, Mayor Michael Hancock's recent comments make all the difference.

“It’s something really special to be a part of a city that is taking the steps, the beginning steps to ensure that the immigrant community, the undocumented families and students, DACA recipients like myself feel safer,” Yumbla said.

The ordinance isn't going to save everyone. What it does is stop city employees from releasing information about immigration statuses.

“It just allows a piece of mind the immigrant community knowing that I can continue to go to work day in and day out and not have the threat or being reported to ICE," Yumbla said.

People who are a part of Padres and Jovenes Unidos, a group that spearheaded the new ordinance, said they're pleased with the city's stance, but also say there is a lot of work to be done.

The proposal won't be set in stone unless it's approved by the city council.

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